I don’t know if you know this, but…
…There is a MAGICAL place where humans let you walk right in, pick out some yummy treats, and then take them home with you!
Don’t believe me? My humans are taking me there right now. Come and see!
I’ll just take my leash and let myself in, don’t mind me. I know RIGHT where I’m headed.
Places like these magical treat kingdoms are FULL of interesting scents to sniff, which dogs like me are made for. You guys with your small noses are really missing out!
Did you know? As a dog, my sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times better than humans. If the same were true for vision, that’d be like me being able to see something 3,000 miles away while you could only see it a third of a mile away!
The reason why I can smell so much better than you is that I have about 300 million olfactory receptors in my schnozz. These are those little nerve endings that detect scents in the air. In YOUR nose, you only have about 6 million olfactory receptors. And proportionally speaking, the part of my brain devoted to smells is about 40 times greater than yours.
No wonder I can smell that sandwich you’re making even when I’m relaxing on my dog bed on the other side of the house!
(Of course, even if I can smell better than you doesn’t mean I always SMELL better…especially after I roll in poop or eat out of the trash. But you get the idea.)
Okay, back to the treats. WOW. There are lots of treats to choose from and SO. MANY. SMELLS.
Hmmm…which ones do I want?
These look good. Can I has, Daddio?
Okay, okay…what about this one?
Time to go to the checkout line. Here, lady, let me give you these little pieces of paper. Daddio says if you take these from us then you can give the treats to ME! Yippeee!
You know, I better hold onto that bag for safe keeping. Why don’t you just hand it to me, and I’ll carry it out of here.
Well, guys, that’s it for our little field trip to the treat store. Time for me to head home and go munch on some stuff. See you later!